1 April 2022

Published March 30, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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The next photo is the PROMPT. Remember, all photos are property of the photographer, donated for use in Friday Fictioneers only. They shouldn’t be used for any other purpose without express permission. It is proper etiquette to give the contributor credit.

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot


Marquis skimmed his ledger and smiled. Sales for his rubber-soled canvas shoes were on the rise. Mentally, he patted himself on the back. No one would have to slip on wet stairs and injure themselves as he had.

His secretary entered. “There’s a young man here to see you, sir. Says it’s a matter of great importance. He looks like a kid.”  

“Send him in.”

A tall lanky youth hobbled toward the desk. Marquis rose and offered his hand. “What can I do for you, Mr.—”

“Taylor. Chuck Taylor. Please, Mr. Converse, could you design a comfortable basketball shoe?”

73 comments on “1 April 2022

    • Dear Larry,

      Aside from my personal workouts I’m not a sports person either. However I do love the shoes and finding out the origins of things. 😉 (It never occurred to me until yesterday to find out who Chuck Taylor was, even though I’ve been wearing purple Chucks for years.)



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  • And here it is, 100 years later, and you can still rock those purple Chucks… It is funny how some things pretty much just work and so keep going. Personally, I find them a little uncomfortable and have to wear super flexible shoes that fit closer than socks, i.e., barefoot style.

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  • I bought some Converse shoes a few years ago. They looked great but gosh they were uncomfortable, so I’m not sure I buy Chuck’s description. Must have got something right though, given their longevity and popularity, so maybe it’s just me!
    Great story as ever, Rochelle.


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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Love how you have taught us something whilst entertaining us! I was never attracted to them as far as sports shoes go but they were and still are awfully poplar! Now that I read the comments on how uncomfortable they are, I am rather glad I avoided them 😉

    Shalom and lots of comfy love,


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  • Dear Runny Babbit W(T)F,

    I loved the way you worked an injury into this story. No doubt this dominated Mr. Converse’s conversation for several months–the lucky stiff.

    Hopefully, they’ll come out with a Shelley Kohlen model soon with little DNR tags hanging out the back for people to tug on as they slip their feet into the sneakers.

    Happy pirouetting,
    Shoeless Kneecap

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    • Dear Shoeless Kneecap,

      Oh be sure to send your idea into the Converse company. I’m sure they’ll jump high to snag those tags. Of course the Shelley Kohlen model should have a special whiteface patch on the side with her signature. And most definitely they will be purple.

      Thank you for hobbling by.


      Runny Babbit W(T)F

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  • Here’s another example of you teaching us something I’ve never considered. Chuck Taylor is obviously a name, but I’ve never considered who he was. He even lived here in Reno or at least came here to get married twice. Converse, I just assumed was the converse of Nike or Reebok.

    It’s going to blow my mind when you do stories about Alexander Band-Aid, Carlos Q-Tip, or Vincent Van Lamp.

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    • Dear Nobbin,

      I never really gave thought to the name Converse either…until this past week, that is. 😉 I do have my doubts about Carlos Q-Tip, but one never knows. I have done historical snippets about the origins of paper clips and safety pins, though. 😉 Band-Aid…now there’s something to look into.
      Happy to pass on trivia any time I can. Thank you. 😀



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  • Hey again, Rochelle,

    I was gong to ignore the shoes in the photo prompt, then I read your story and it was like ‘oh, yeah.’

    I also remembered back to when my Converse sneakers were the cheapest in the store, I even wore holes in them as a kid. We all did. Now they’re damn proud of them $$. They look great on you and they owe you for the publicity (minus the pinky toe comment LOL).

    Wonderful story.



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    • Dear Bill,

      This is my third pair of purple Chucks. I had to retire the first pair when the soles started flapping in the breeze. The second pair didn’t seem to hold up as well as the first. It was only with this third pair I had to get new pink laces. I can tell you that purple Chucks are hard to find. And, yes, the price has certainly gone up! Thank you re my story. 😀



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  • That was a most enlightening story. It’s fascinating how certain items gain such popularity over time. I like the little detail about the ‘tall lanky youth’ hobbling in. I hope his hobbling days were over once he got his new shoes.

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